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Regent Honors Fallen Heroes

By Rachel Judy | November 11, 2010

L-R: Senior Chief Petty Officer Gary Campbell, Teri Campbell and Col. Rick Garrison

Veterans Day offers a chance to honor and remember the men and women in the United States military who have served the nation both during times of peace and times of war. On Wednesday, Nov. 10, in anticipation of the holiday and also to celebrate the 235th birthday of the Marine Corps, Regent University hosted a Veterans Day prayer breakfast and devoted its weekly chapel service to veterans.

The prayer breakfast featured retired Marine Col. Don Morse who spoke candidly with the audience about the need for prayer for the country and its leaders. "Our national leaders need your prayers more than ever," Morse said. "As a nation, we've lost our special relationship with our Creator. Never underestimate the power of prayer — and the impact of a prayer breakfast like today's."

The chapel service was attended by many veterans and current military members and featured musical accompaniment from the Regent University choir. U.S. Army chaplain, Col. Rick Garrison offered the invocation and assisted Regent's Director of Military Affairs David Boisselle in presenting an Honor and Remember flag to Senior Chief Petty Officer Gary Campbell and his wife, Teri. The Campbell's son, 19-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Kielin Dunn, was killed in Afghanistan in February.

The Honor and Remember flag was created by Regent alumnus George Lutz '84 (Communication) to serve as a visible reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by members of the United States military in service to the nation.

This week, Lutz concludes a 23-week tour — Honor and Remember Across America — during which he traveled to 49 states to encourage state legislatures to join the Commonwealth of Virginia and officially adopt the flag.

The chapel concluded with remarks from Regent's founder and chancellor, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, a former Marine who served in the Korean War. Robertson recalled the horrors of war and spoke of his admiration for the men and women serving in each of the wars the United States engaged in during the last century. "There have to be men and women under arms to enforce the peace," Robertson said. He added, "We celebrate their bravery and their wonderful love for their fellow man."


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